First Son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba continues to start up unpopular public debates, the latest being a comparison between opposition leaders Rtd Col Kizza Besigye, the founder of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, the founder of National Unity Platform (NUP).
Besigye and Bobi Wine have been fighting the regime of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Muhoozi’s father, and their presidential ambitions are well-documented. This makes the two direct rivals to the First Son, who, in recent months, has expressed interest in the presidency.
As usual, Muhoozi took the space he understands and loves most to communicate his coded messages to Uganda, Twitter, to send a jibe at Bobi Wine by praising Besigye. “Personally, I like Kizza Besigye. He is an elder, and we can learn a few things from him. But Kabobi? Hapana!” Muhoozi tweeted on Tuesday night.
It is understandable when Muhoozi prefers Besigye to Bobi Wine because the FDC man fought with his father in the 1980-1986 war that brought Museveni to power. Besigye didn’t just partake in a rebellion, it is said he was a personal doctor to Museveni. Therefore, it is only fair that Muhoozi pays respect to the doctor who cared for his father in a bush war.
While there are pictures of Muhoozi and Bobi Wine together before the singer turned critic and opposer of the regime, the friendship between the two is sketchy and unwarranted. It also shows in the way Muhoozi address Bobi Wine – Kabobi, an effort to deflate the ego of the NUP leader.
When Bobi Wine decided to criticize the regime, he drew closer to Besigye, who, then as president of NUP and the leading opposition politician, mentored him and inspired him to join politics even though he didn’t join FDC.
As a celebrated musician and critic of Museveni and the Museveni regime, Bobi Wine led a people power movement that catapulted him into national politics and founded NUP a political party he used to contest for presidency in the 2021 general elections in which he lost to Muhoozi’s father.
The rise of Bobi Wine, one can say, didn’t egg well with Muhoozi, a general in the UPDF, who on several occasions has vowed to never allow Bobi Wine to become president as long as he is still living.